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2018 Frontier Football Preview: Running backs are still the centerpieces of Frontier Conference offenses

Great backs return in 2018, including MSU-N's Jett Robertson


August 6, 2018

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Montana Tech's Jed Fike, right, led the Frontier Conference in rushing in 2017. Fike is one of several top running backs to return for the 2018 Frontier Conference football season. Tech opens the Frontier season at Rocky Mountain College Aug. 23 in Billings. The final story in the Havre Daily News' annual Frontier football preview series, a look at each of the league's head coaches, will run in Wednesday's HDN sports section.

You can have all of the spread offenses you want, but in the Frontier Conference, if you can't run the football, you're probably not going to win the Frontier championship.

Even Southern Oregon, which has been one of the most prolific passing programs in modern NAIA football history, has had a 1,000-yard rusher in each of the last four seasons. Yes, that's just the way it is in the Frontier - you better be able to run the ball.

New Montana State University-Northern head coach Andrew Rolin has understood that from the day he was hired to take over the Lights. And he's said as much.


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